The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California
It opened in 1997 and is known for its architecture, art, and gardens. Located in the Brentwood neighborhood the Center is home to one of two locations of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Museum draws in over a million visitors annually, making it one of the most visited museums in the United States.
The collection includes pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, and sculptures;
American, European, and Asian photographs from the 19th and 20th-century; and contemporary and modern works of art. The Museum’s permanent collection is arranged by era, artist, and nationality and laid out in four pavilions at the Getty Center. There are also special exhibitions and installations that come through the Museum each year that spotlight specific artists or works of art. In addition, there is a contemporary and modern outdoor sculpture display that includes 28 pieces featured throughout the grounds of the Center.
Included on the campus is the Getty Research Institute which offers rotating exhibitions of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artists’ notebooks from the Research Library’s special collection. The gallery is located in the Research Institute building, which is open the same hours as the main Museum.
Also located on this campus is the Central Garden. Created by artist Robert Irwin, the Central Garden can be found in the heart of the Getty Center. This 134,000 living piece of art changes in design as the plants grow and are trimmed. It features a natural ravine and has a tree-lined walkway that winds visitors through an extraordinary sensory experience. From the stone waterfall to the pool of floating azaleas the space is full of scents and sounds that create a calming urban oasis. The more than 500 varieties of plants used in the landscaping work together to create unique designs and sculptures throughout the year. This means that visitors get a new experience each time they visit this beautiful oasis.
Located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, the Center is open Tuesday-Friday and Sunday from 10am-5:30pm, Saturday from 10am-9pm and is closed on Mondays. Parking is available for $15 a day Admission is always free.